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Long-time Smith Supporter Given Greene Award

Janice Oresman ’55, former Smith College Trustee, long-time supporter of the college in many areas, and an influential art adviser and curator, was presented on Oct. 18 with the John M. Greene Award.

The award is given to people who have rendered service to the college “beyond the call of duty,” and who personify the Smith motto, “To virtue, knowledge,” in their service and in their lives.

Oresman joins past award winners Leo Weinstein, John Connolly, Kate Belcher Webster ’46 and Ann Shanahan ’59 among others. She was presented with the award during a ceremony at the Alumnae House.

“With unfailing enthusiasm, generosity and pride, you have served Smith College for more than 50 years, leaving virtually no corner of our campus, no aspect of

our programs, untouched by your energy and commitment to your alma mater,” said

Mary Patterson McPherson ’57, chair of the Board of Trustees, in the award citation. “In addition to your support of the museum, libraries and botanic gardens, your service to Smith has encompassed leadership on almost every level: president of your class, chair of the Grécourt Society and membership on the Board of Trustees from 1992 to 2002. Perhaps most importantly, you served as a member of the search committee that selected Smith’s tenth president, Carol T. Christ. The depth of your commitment to Smith College is a rare gift.”


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